abstract expressionism

abstract expressionism
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /adjective æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt ik-ˈspre-shə-ˌni-zəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /adjective æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt ik-ˈspre-shə-ˌni-zəm/

Definitions of abstract expressionism words

  • noun abstract expressionism a school of painting in New York in the 1940s that combined the spontaneity of expressionism with abstract forms in unpremeditated, apparently random, compositions 3
  • noun abstract expressionism a post-WWII movement in painting characterized by emphasis on the artist's spontaneous and self-expressive application of paint in creating a nonrepresentational composition 3
  • noun abstract expressionism a movement in experimental, nonrepresentational painting originating in the U.S. in the 1940s, with sources in earlier movements, and embracing many individual styles marked in common by freedom of technique, a preference for dramatically large canvases, and a desire to give spontaneous expression to the unconscious. 1
  • noun abstract expressionism 20th-century art movement 1
  • noun abstract expressionism (usually capitalized) Alternative form of Abstract Expressionism. 0

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Origin of abstract expressionism

First appearance:

before 1950
One of the 5% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55

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abstract expressionism popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 1% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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